Volvo continues taking steps in its goal to completely reduce the accident rate in its vehicles. The brand has just announced that it will implement its connected safety technology in all its models in Europe, which is materialized in several systems that will allow Volvo cars to communicate with each other and warn of the dangers they encounter in their path .
This is the Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert technologies that, although already included since 2016 in the Volvo V90 and S90 in Sweden and Norway, will now be available throughout the Old Continent.
Both systems will come as standard in all the models that the brand commercializes from 2020 , although those cars conceived under the modular platforms SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) and CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) from 2016 will have them available under update next week , Volvo said in a statement.
This new connected car technology joins the latest Volvo technology announcements in terms of safety, a fiefdom where the Swedish brand has always stood out.
Connected cars to avoid accidents
These two systems allow Volvo cars to share information and alert each other in real time through a network based on the ‘cloud’. The Slippery Road Alert, or slippery road warning , monitors the road surface and, if the road surface is slippery, will alert the nearby Volvo on that route. For its part, the Hazard Light Alert sends an alert to all nearby cars in case a model of the brand equipped with such technology turn on the emergency lights.
Both systems will act preventatively, which, according to Volvo, will help reduce road accidents: ” Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help prevent accidents Volvo owners will help to make roads safer for other drivers who enable the function, while also benefiting from pre-warning of potentially dangerous conditions in advance, “says Malin Ekholm, director of the Volvo Cars Safety Center.
The brand ensures that this data will be collected anonymously , in order to ensure the privacy of its customers, and invites other European manufacturers to do the same. “The more vehicles we share safety data in real time, the safer our roads will be,” says Ekholm.
2020 target: no injuries or deaths in Volvo cars
This technology comes to join other systems recently announced by the brand in pursuit of security. All of them are part of its ‘Vision 2020‘ plan , whose objective is none other than to ensure that, as of 2020, no occupant dies or is seriously injured in a Volvo car.
Thus, from next year, all cars marketed by the brand will have their speed limited to 180 km/h . The Scandinavian firm is thus ahead of the pretensions of the European executives, which is contemplating forcing manufacturers to incorporate intelligent speed control from 2022 .
In addition, Volvo has also presented a key named Care Key , which allows its customers to set maximum speed limits when they lend it to other family members or friends.
On the other hand, also in 2020, the new Volvo cars will incorporate a system of cameras and sensors in the passenger compartment , which will monitor at all times whether the driver is in a driving condition or not . If for a long time, it detects that the driver does not have his hands on the steering wheel, repeatedly closes his eyes or reacts slowly or abruptly, the car will autonomously slow down, even stop, in addition to asking the driver if everything is going all right.
In this way, Volvo cars will be able to detect if the driver is drunk or under the influence of narcotic substances, as well as if he is indisposed. Although this latest technology also opens the privacy debate because, ultimately, not only forces the driver to be watched, but also makes decisions for him.